Henderson Foodservice has invested £14m in a new distribution facility in Mallusk, Northern Ireland, on the back of sales growth of nearly 40% since 2007.
The new facility will provide 125,000sq ft of frozen, ambient and chilled warehousing; as well as a suite of new offices. According to the company, the facilities will centralise resources and strengthen its current service and efficiency levels.
Damien Barrett, managing director of Henderson Foodservice, said: “We are delighted with the new facility, which will enable us to maintain our high levels of service, improve our efficiency levels and centralise resources. The growth of food service over the last few years, following procurement of a number of significant long-term contracts in both public and private sectors, meant we had limited warehouse space in our old sites to deal with the increased demand.
“By consolidating distribution into one base, it has enabled us to streamline the business, share resources and control running costs in general. Plus create more space for staff, and present the option for future expansion and job creation.”
In addition, the new facility houses a showroom with a fully operational kitchen, which will be used as a tool to allow new and existing clients the opportunity to sample the latest lines, plus provide a training resource for developing sales and customer training.
“To make such a significant investment at this time shows the commitment of the company to developing the food service sector in the long term,” said Barrett. “We are all facing the challenge of increasing costs and it is critical we invest in the future control of those costs.”
The new facility also integrates several energy-saving systems, designed to lower its carbon footprint. Eco measures include the re-use of heat from compressors and refrigerators to fuel roof space and under-floor heating systems and temperature-control doors on the cold stores; efficient motion-sensitive lighting systems, hot water generated by the air-conditioning system and individually monitored electricity and water meters, plus recycling facilities throughout the building.
There is also a new access road, allowing direct access from Mallusk Road into the food service site; and eight goods-in docking bays, to allow for efficient logistical operations.
“The new facility will deliver a fully integrated operation capable of serving our customers throughout Ireland efficiently. In doing so Henderson Foodservice can look forward to maintaining its position as the market leading foodservice business in Northern Ireland,” said Barrett.